Development committee active
While most of us were sending Zzzs skywards on Sunday morning, a group of young and very dedicated camogie players were rising from their comfortable beds at around 5 a.m.
The rain which was belting down didn't dampen their spirits as they boarded the bus in Wexford and Enniscorthy for the very long journey to Ennis in Co. Clare.
Our Under-15 development squad, led by Ger Redmond, Denis Lambert and Geraldine Curtis, were traveling to represent Wexford in a blitz competition against teams from Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Cork, Dublin and Limerick.
The weather in Ennis was no better than it was in Wexford and it forced them to cut their warm-up short.
The panel which travelled included: Tara Murphy, Mackenzie O'Leary, Aine Doyle, Shannon Burns, Niamh Cousins, Cora Doyle, Emma Sweeney, Clodagh O'Leary, Nora Higgins, Sarah O'Dowd, Orla Fortune, Aoife Fielding, Rita Doyle, Katie Roche, Imogen Fanning, Ciara Murphy, Emma Sinnott, Kate Devereux, Aisling Halligan, Jess Howlin, Kate Miller, Grace O'Halloran, Hannah Kehoe, Jamie Egan, Kayleigh Furlong, Sinéad Reck, Rachel Power, Saoirse Kenny, Aideen Murphy and Andrea Carley.
They took the field against a very strong Kilkenny team just 20 minutes after their arrival and they matched them stride for stride for three-quarters of the game.
They played some lovely camogie, but then the effect of the long journey began to tell and Kilkenny ran out winners.
Tipperary and Limerick followed, but unfortunately the girls were out on their feet and in spite of their best efforts they went down to the two fresher teams.
The Wexford camogie development committee also organised a blitz for Under-8 players in Grantstown on Saturday morning.
Almost 300 young players from 24 clubs spread across the county, plus many of their parents, assembled for the games in glorious sunshine. A feature of the event was the fact that the referees who officiated were all recently qualified young ladies and they acquitted themselves as great prospects for the future.
It was delightful to see the sense of excitement as youngsters were informed that they had qualified for a final.
It didn't matter that every team qualified for a final.
The very busy Development Officer, Joe Roche, was ably assisted by his committee members, Noel McSweeney, Ornagh D'Arcy, Pat Redmond and Lorraine O'Connor, in ensuring the smooth running of the numerous games to be played.
Geraldine Curtis was responsible for organising the goodie bags which were given to each participant. Great credit is due to the Bannow-Ballymitty G.A.A. club for the excellent manner in which they presented their facilities. The catering staff also did Trojan work on a successful, enjoyable day.